Stephen Lendman – Liberating Syria from the scourge of US-supported terrorists requires winning the battle for Aleppo, a vital strategic prize.
Washington is concerned because it’s incrementally happening, Syrian forces retaking parts of the city long held by US-backed terrorists – Russian aerial support making the difference, essential to continue without letup until the entire city and surrounding areas are free from its terrorist infestation.
The campaign deserves universal support. Syria’s future depends on its success – why Washington arrogantly threatens to cease (largely nonexistent) cooperation with Russia unless it halts bombing Aleppo areas held by US-backed terrorists.
The latest edition of Times Pentagon press release propaganda misrepresented what’s going on, publishing pure rubbish no legitimate editors would touch, saying:
Russian and Syrian forces “could be massacring Aleppo’s civilians as part of a calculated strategy, aimed beyond this one city.”
“The strategy, more about politics than advancing the battle lines, appears to be designed to pressure rebels to ally themselves with extremists, eroding the rebels’ legitimacy; give Russia veto power over any high-level diplomacy; and exhaust Syrian civilians who might otherwise support the opposition.”
Fact: US-supported terrorists, along with Pentagon and so-called coalition warplanes alone massacre defenseless civilians unaccountably – The Times wrongfully blaming their high crimes on Russian and Syrian forces.
Fact: Moscow’s alliance with Damascus is unrelated to politics. It’s entirely about defeating the scourge of US-backed terrorism in Syria, preventing its spread to Russia’s heartland.
Fact: The term “rebel” is code language for US-supported terrorists. No moderates exist. All anti-government forces are cutthroat killers, imported death squads serving as imperial foot soldiers.
The above Times scenario is pure fantasy misinformation, intended to deceive, not explain what’s ongoing – supporting America’s imperial agenda, cheerleading its mass slaughter and destruction, its naked aggression wherever waged, blaming its high crimes on victims.
Claiming the battle for Aleppo “forced” nonexistent rebels (sic) to “turn to extremists for help” is pure Times deception – along with ignoring Washington’s direct role in supplying ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups with heavy weapons and other material support.
Russia’s involvement is key, hope for eventual Syrian liberation depends on it – why Washington and its Times mouthpiece shamelessly criticize its noble mission.
Victory would mean defeating the scourge of US imperialism in Syria, key to keeping it from spreading further regionally, notably targeting Iran next if Damascus falls – threatening Russia’s security if events play out this way.
The Times article was rife with deplorable misinformation and Big Lies. Examples:
Syria’s conflict is “civil war.”
Fact: There’s nothing civil about naked aggression – planned, orchestrated and implemented from Washington.
“…Russia has no need for local support; its warplanes keep flying whether Syrian civilians want them there or not.”
Fact: Liberating long-suffering Syrian civilians requires Russian aerial and other support.
“The Syrian government does not need popular support to survive…”
Fact: Assad and his government are overwhelmingly popular, affirmed by recent presidential and parliamentary elections – judged open, free and fair by independent international monitors.
“…Russia and the Syrian government stand to benefit from mass killings.”
Fact: Their focus is combating terrorists along with liberating Syrian civilians from their scourge.
“The destruction of Aleppo will not persuade its residents to support the government…:
Fact: Attacking terrorist-held parts of the city wouldn’t be necessary if America and its rogue allies didn’t deploy them to ravage it, hold its residents hostage, and freely commit atrocities – Washington supporting and encouraging them.
The Times claiming “Russia’s willingness to target civilians for military gain” is despicable lying – not a shred of evidence supports its accusation.
Its reporting backs US imperial ruthlessness, suppressing vital information readers need to know – never on major geopolitical issues, truth-telling strictly forbidden.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen @sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
SF Source Steve Lendman’s blog Sept. 2016
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